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The Haunted Stanley Hotel: The Inspiration for King’s ‘Overlook’

December 27, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is known as the inspiration behind Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in his novel and subsequent film, The Shining. In 1903, Freeland O. Stanley (co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer, with his twin brother Francis) and his wife, Flora moved to Estes Park from Massachusetts. Mr. Stanley had contracted tuberculosis and his doctor suggested the mountain air may help to heal him. When the climate in Colorado succeeded in healing Mr. Stanley, the couple decided to make it their permanent home and in 1909, opened the luxurious Stanley Hotel. At a time when modern-day amenities were new and […]

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The Saipan Suicides

January 23, 2017 rehadlock 0

    On June 15, 1944, the 2nd and 4th United States Marine divisions, who had nick-named themselves the “Apple-Knockers” landed on the shores of Saipan. A few days later they were joined by the inexperienced 27th division of the New York National Guard. The three divisions were comprised of 71,000 U.S. soldiers who were charged with the task of carrying out ‘Operation Forager’. This operation was a critical strategical maneuver to the war; The intent of the attack was for Allied troops to gain control over the island. Saipan, part of the Mariana Islands chain in the western Pacific Ocean is located 2,250 […]

The Vienna Strangler: Acclaimed Author and Serial Killer

January 9, 2017 rehadlock 0

  Serial killer Johann “Jack” Unterweger was born August 16, 1950 in Styria, a southeastern region of Austria. His mother, Theresia, was a Vietnamese barmaid and waitress who had allegedly worked as a prostitute. Jack’s father was an American soldier named Jack Becker whom his mother met in Trieste, Italy. While pregnant with Jack, Theresia spent time in jail for fraud but was released before his birth. When she was arrested again in 1953, Jack was sent to live with his violent, alcoholic grandfather in Carinthia, California. In 1966, at the age of sixteen, Jack Unterweger was first arrested for […]

The Dark Childhood of Satanic Serial Killer Richard Ramirez

January 6, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Lurid Case of The Black Dahlia: Unsolved, 70 Years LaterRicardo Leyva Munoz Ramirez, the youngest of five siblings, was born February 29, 1960 in El Paso, Texas. Twenty-five years later, the world would come to know him as ‘The Nightstalker’, a serial killer and devout Satanist who terrorized the residents of California with his heinous crimes from 1984-1985. He is considered to be one of the most brutal serial killers to have ever lived, known for torturing and sexually assaulting his victims before killing them. He often mutilated the bodies or left behind Satanic symbolism, occasionally, forcing them to “swear on Satan” […]

The Horrific History of the Cecil Hotel

January 4, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has seen more than its fair share of suicides, murders and mysterious disappearances since its opening in 1927. Built on Main Street, an up-and-coming area of the city, the opulent, art deco-style hotel promised to draw in affluent tourists and businessmen. Unfortunately, just a few years after its opening, the Great Depression hit, turning Main Street into skid row and forcing The Cecil to become a budget hotel.  Over the years, The Cecil has certainly made a name for itself. During the 50s and 60s, the location was a popular destination for suicides; So […]

The Countless Suicides at Chicago’s Infamous Congress Plaza Hotel

January 2, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois is known as one of America’s most haunted hotels. It has seen countless deaths since its opening in 1893, when it was known as the “Auditorium Annex”. People have reported poltergeist activity, shadow people and sightings of full-bodied apparitions, including that of Al Capone and Teddy Roosevelt.   The Congress Plaza Hotel has an unsettling number of rooms which have been permanently closed off from the public due to paranormal activity; The owners have gone so far as to wallpaper over some of them.  The location also served as inspiration for Stephen King’s short story, 1408, […]

The Iroquois Theatre Fire, “A Climax of Holiday Horrors”

December 29, 2016 rehadlock 0

   On Wednesday, December 30, 1903 the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was holding a matinee of the musical comedy Mr. Bluebeard‘, starring the popular comedian, Eddie Foy.   he luxury, Renaissance-style theatre had opened only a few weeks prior on November 23 and was touted as being “fireproof beyond all doubt”. Despite rushing to finish construction on the 1.1 million dollar theatre in time for the holiday busy season, the Iroquois had failed, so far, in attracting large audiences.    ut on December 30, 1903, more than two-thousand people flocked to see the matinee of Mr. Bluebeard. Although the theatre’s capacity was only 1,602, […]

Carrie Fisher Drowned in Moonlight, Strangled by Her Own Bra

December 28, 2016 rehadlock 1

  Actress, writer, and feminist champion Carrie Fisher was found dead on the balcony of her Beverly Hills home on December 27, 2016. Police confirmed that Ms. Fisher had received a self-latching bra as a Christmas gift and had attempted to use the product. Tragically, the device malfunctioned, strangling the sixty-year-old icon. Originally, this was believed to be the cause of her death; However, the autopsy showed that Carrie Fisher’s lungs were full of moonlight. Although the investigation is still underway, police theorize the actress’s long struggle with her bra led her out to the balcony and ultimately left her unconscious. […]

A Nightmare Before Christmas: The Los Feliz Murder Mansion

December 24, 2016 rehadlock 0

  For nearly 50 years in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California a mansion sat untouched. Having been abruptly abandoned, still fully furnished, following a murder-suicide the home became known as the ‘Los Feliz Murder Mansion’. Although the story is often exaggerated for dramatic effect, the truth of what occurred at 2475 Glendower Place is every bit as grisly as the rumors. Ha At 4:30am on December 6, 1959 Dr. Harold Perelson went into the bedroom where his wife, Lillian, was sleeping and bludgeoned her with a ball-peen hammer.  He left her to die in a pool of […]

Photographs Left Behind on the Battlefields of the U.S. Civil War

December 23, 2016 rehadlock 1

 The Museum of the Confederacy located inRichmond, Virginia is home to several antique photographs carried by soldiers who fought in the first American Civil War. Photos lost on the battlefield were often picked up by other soldiers and handed down through families. Over the years, some have made their way to the museum.  Unfortunately, the people in the photos have yet to be identified and as time goes on, the chances of ever knowing their names diminishes. Photo of an unidentified girl found on the battlefield at Port Republic, Virginia lying between the bodies of a Union and Confederate soldier. […]

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